Desire of Every Living Thing (Advent Hymn)

1. De-sire of ev-‘ry liv-ing thing,
com-pas-sion bring to light,
Hope for your pro-mised birth-ing, God,
day draw-ing in from night.

2. On tip-toe seek-ing signs of you,
the edge of our sha-lom,
Peace pray your pre-sence meet each grief,
your song yet find a home.

3. An-chor of hearts, your sto-ry bind
us in this groan-ing world,
Joy here em-brace to stay a-wake,
your cre-a-tion un-furl.

4. Dwell-er of word, bear-er of beam,
from cra-dle un-to cross,
Love make us strong with-in your pow’r,
your sight and sound to trust.

5. De-sire of ev-‘ry liv-ing thing,
your vis-i-ta-tion keep
Christ in our taste and in our touch,
your spir-it reach-ing leap.


Lyrics William B Jones, 2016, after Mary Luti’s “Prayer at the End of Advent.”

Written to St. Flavian CM (“On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist Cries”).



Lost Pond, Appalachian Trail November 9, 2016
Lost Pond, Appalachian Trail
November 9, 2016



edge to cross this aftering,
disdain mind nor aching wing,

twig to mark the path you steep,
heart to let its surfacing.

hold the shore, G*d praying keep
far the distant trumpeting,

war to more its king (or queen),
breathe again your christening.

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Grand Beach, Maine

“Cross over to the isles and see…if there has ever been anything like this!”
-Jeremiah 2:10

how did you come to stay this place?
our want, our turning, seeking face.
how yearn you here our struggle taste,
its edge to risk, our learning wake.

how under this your star-dome wait,
day span hold us, loving take?
strand to walk for kin-dom’s sake,
Maranatha, fasten pray.

to poet the word

to stay clear the shrub,

to risk not the fire,

to hold fast the salt-plain,

to pray out the flood.


to hew down the hillside,

to un-see the vision,

to forego the silence,

to un-hear the word.


to hunker the moment,

to profit the tyrant,

to loyal a dynast,

to return the dream.


to lower from round-top,

to tree by the water,

to root deep in giving,

to drink in the world.



Jeremiah 17:5-8


for one doubting the use of shrubs, shade,
and things growing green.